Since most different species of household insects and pests have wings and can fly, this draws attention to have much brainstorming assumption of whether bed bugs can fly, causing distress to thousands of people across the world. Bed bugs infestation requires a critical step to get rid of them as soon as possible. The assistance of pest control and home remedies are necessary for fighting bed bugs infestation. The immediate cause of the assumption that bed bugs fly is their smooth movement from place to place. This article examines and evaluates the frequently asked question of the bug’s ability to fly. Do bed bugs have wings? Can they fly? Let’s find out!
Can Bed Bugs Fly?
If they need to move from place to place, bed bugs usually rely on crawling or through catching a hitch ride. Bed bugs move by crawling if they find a new host. If you see a flying bed bug, there is a possibility that you have misidentified the insects, and it is likely to be another type of bug species. The most straightforward answer to bed bug’s ability to fly is NO, and they can’t fly because they don’t have wings.
Upon having a keen look at their way of life, bed bugs spend most of their time in their hiding and nesting places. They always stay indoors in the tiny cracks, crevices, bedding, furniture, or even at your bed. Indeed, they don’t go outside because they can’t escape their predators. Therefore, as a result of their hiding lifestyle, bed bugs don’t fly.
On their desire to feed, the bedbugs will find their way to the host by crawling. They are capable of getting from their hiding nests like bedding to host open skin. Notably, bed bugs find a human host from the room by tracking the heat he/she emits, or they wait for you to pass by where they are. In hotels, bed bugs are common because they will wait for a new host to come. Once a new host fails to show up, they will crawl for a short distance to get one or hide in clothes and belongings, and they spread that way.
Why Do Bed Bugs Not Fly?
- A possible reason why bed bugs can’t fly is that they don’t have wings.
- Again if they could fly, they could easily escape you or other predators from attacking them.
- Their nesting places help them access host(you) quickly, so they don’t need wings to fly.
- If bed bugs are capable of flying, they could fly to find new hiding places when they see you during the night as well as when exposed instead of crawling.
- They could not be relying on hiding ability, and also they could not come out to feed and then resume the hiding spots quickly to digest after that. There is no point that bed bugs will be required to fly because Natural selection has not given the capability to fly.
Do bed bugs have wings?
There are many assumptions that you may have encountered online about bed bugs having wings; if so, why can’t they use the arms to fly. The truth is that bed bug doesn’t have wings, although a fully matured bed bug has wing pads; however, they can not use them to fly. These wing pads appear located above the abdomen just below the head. Nymphs(young bed bugs) don’t have these wing pads on their bodies; therefore, identifying bed bugs by the presence of arms is not a great way.
A long time ago, there was an allegation that bed bugs ancestors had wings; thus, they could fly. With time the ancestors evolved to the modern bed bugs, which doesn’t have wings; therefore, the modern ones don’t have wings; thus can’t fly.
Most people who have a fear of bedbug infestation in their homes developed a “myth of flight.” According to these people, bed bugs have wings that they use to fly in and around their house. The truth is that this is a myth and lacks evidence from Natural Selection or research-based proof of bed bugs having wings.
Does any of the bed bug species fly? It is a common question that many people are likely to ask. The answer is that there is only one species of bed bugs known as Cimex Lectularius, and the species don’t have wings. The only way bed bugs can fly when embedded in cloths or personal luggage on an airplane.
After evolution bed bugs got rid of wings, that’s why they are used to hide in smaller spaces because they can not fly. However, extensive study shows that they have wing muscles in their thorax but no wings attached.
The bed bug is of different anatomy from other insects that have wings. Bugs that fly have three body parts: the head, thorax, and abdomen, e.g., ladybug. The arms are attached to thorax muscles. However, having the three body parts bedbugs shell is not solid and shiny like the other bugs, and thus it can’t open. Also, they don’t have one part of their anatomy meant for flying. There exist comparable types of insects like bat bug, swallow bug, lice, and carpet beetle, which are similar to bed bug though none which has wings. They all crawl.
In conclusion, bed bugs don’t have wings; therefore, they can not fly; also, natural selection hasn’t given bedbugs the capability to fly. Although being mobile bugs rely on crawling and hitch rides either on clothes or personal belongings, and thus they can travel for a long distance. Regardless of having wing pads, there are no point bed bugs will be able to fly, and if you see one flying around your room, rest assured that’s not a nasty bedbug. It is worthily logical that either way, bed bugs don’t have wings; therefore, they can’t fly, and they don’t attempt to.